The largest earthquake ever to hit Japan spawned a monster, 10-meter tsunami that slammed the northeastern coast last March 11, Friday; sweeping away people, boats, cars and homes like toys, as widespread fires burned out of control.
The devastation in Japan is appalling. Here is the consequence of that earthquake and tsunami:
1. Japanese police said 200 to 300 bodies had been found in northeastern Sendai city, the closest major city to the epicenter of the quake. Hundreds were missing and the death toll was likely to continue climbing given the scale of the disaster.
2. A ship carrying about 100 people was swept away by the tsunami and its fate was unknown, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing Miyagi prefecture police. No further information was immediately available.
3. Dozens Of cities and villages along a 2,100-kilometer stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, 380 km from the epicenter.
4. Around 4.4 million homes were without power in northern Japan. A hotel collapsed in Sendai and people were feared buried in the rubble.
5. Tens of thousands remain missing, more than 450,000 people have been displaced, and millions lack access to food, water, electricity, and medicine.
Right now the people of Japan are in crisis, their resources are stretched thin, and they need our help. Many organizations are already on the ground providing relief, including the following organizations:
American Red Cross
Doctors Without Borders
International Medical Corps
Your small help can console the victims of tsunami and quake.
Help Japan Now!